If you are among the millions of Americans to lose your job because of the coronavirus pandemic, you may be wondering how to present this information during your job search so that it’s clear you aren’t unemployed for performance-related reasons.
A resume can be the first opportunity to do this. It’s an opportunity for you to tell a recruiter who you are and who you want to become professionally ― including why you are suddenly looking for a new role in the first place.
Here’s how to mention your coronavirus-related layoff on a resume.
Resume writer Virginia Franco said she is advising people to be upfront about their coronavirus-related layoff because you never want to give a hint that it could be performance-related. “If there’s any doubt, just spell it out,” Franco said.
Franco recommends doing this in the experience section of your resume underneath your most recent job, the dates that you worked there, your title and the company name. Right under that information, in a new paragraph, you should describe the circumstances of your layoff.
“I usually use that first sentence to say, ‘This is where I made my biggest impact. This is what I’m proudest of.’ It’s OK to tag a little past phrase at the end of that, saying your position was eliminated,” Franco said.
This matter-of-fact transition can be written like, “I grew my department’s revenue by 30%. Forecasted 2020 growth was this. Department eliminated as a result of COVID-19,” Franco said.